Local election violence kills 10 in Bangladesh

Escalating tensions claim 10 lives during local election in Bangladesh

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Bangladeshi police stand guard in Dhaka on March 9, 2016.

Rising violence during a local election in Bangladesh has killed more than 10 people, police said on Wednesday.

Security forces and thousands of ruling party supporters clashed in the southern coastal town of Mathbaria, forcing border guards to take ballot boxes to the government headquarters.

According to the police, all victims were from the ruling Awami League whose supporters nowadays feel great fear of a loss in the local election.

"A magistrate ordered the shooting and officers fired at thousands of unruly people who attacked us with machetes, rocks and sticks," district police chief Walid Hossain said.  

"Three people died on the spot and two on the way to hospital," Hossain said, adding that another five people were injured by security forces.

Local police chief Kabir Hossain said that security forces shot and killed two people in the town of Sabrang after supporters of a rebel ruling party candidate attempted to grab ballot boxes from the Bangladeshi forces.  

On Tuesday, at the outset of the election, at least three people also died in the other parts of the country.

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) claimed that the election process is often interrupted by ruling party supporters with rigging and fraud including ballot-stuffing and violence.

The election process will take four months to complete the six phases of it.  

According to local newspapers, Hasina’s Awami League led the first round of the polls, winning more than two thirds of the councils.

TRTWorld and agencies